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A few shots of this afternoon in Ieper and the last post service at Menin Gate - which has been conducted every night at this site since 1920. This memorial had the names of just over 54000 men from the British Commonwealth whose bodies have never been found after the battle of the Somme. More particularly those allied soldiers who died at Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot, Fromelle & Passchendaele. ...
... the television describing the race and all eyes are on the screen as everyone cheers the cyclists on.
As the winner crosses the finish line, the bar erupts with excitement and I find myself cheering along beside them. What a day! Walking out the door of the bar I am only mildly aware I am walking as if in a permanent squat. I manage to make it back to the car and watch the sun set as I head home to Leuven.
... on the way. It was our second visit to this cemetery, as we had brought the kids four years ago in 2010. It is still just as impressive the second time round. It was lovely to see it so busy. This year is the centenary of the start of WW1 so I think there is even more awareness now of the horrors people faced.
The cemetery is vast; the biggest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world, with nearly 12,000 graves, all laid out immaculately, 8000 ...
... Kipling from Ecclesiastics in the bible. Once filled & closed, the cemeteries passed into the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who completes the work of construction, turning them into the permanent memorial you see today. They also pay for the upkeep.
First stop on the tour was the Essex Farm Cemetery where the dead were brought from the ...
Took a stroll down to the In Flanders Fields Museum. A stone throw away from my new home where I am coach surfing. It was a bit gloomy and even a little depressing with the dark rooms and silence while people from all the world especially the british came to see what went on here in 1914-1918. I was moved all the same by the visual reenactments of the soldiers from France, England, Belgium and all the Allie countries. The nurses and sisters to as they said what is was like for ...